Junior Ashley Whisonant led
Sophomore Shayla Fields led NC State with 17 points, and senior Keisha Brown added 15 points.
Freshman Rheya Neabors hit a layup with six seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 60-60 and send it into overtime.
In overtime, Arizona raced out to a 66-60 lead in the first 1:23, but NC State cut the deficit to 67-66 with 1:06 left to play on a three-pointer by Fields.
Whisonant hit a free throw with 10 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 68-66 lead, and Fields missed a layup for NC State with two seconds left as time expired to seal the win for Arizona.